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The Democratic primary for an at-large D.C. Council seat hasn’t been getting much attention this year. And with good reason: incumbent Councilmember Anita Bonds seems to be blowing out her competition.
While voters have a choice between four candidates in the race, a plurality of residents are sticking with just one. In a Washington City Paper/Kojo Nnamdi Show poll of 860 likely voters conducted between March 13-16, 43 percent picked Bonds, while closest challenger and shadow representative Nate Bennett-Fleming received 10 percent. John Settles and Pedro Rubio received 6 and 4 percent, respectively. Nearly as many voters who liked Bonds, 37 percent, were undecided.
With the anti-Bonds vote split and apparently not that big to begin with, District residents appear headed for a full four-year term with her. But there’s a little hope for Bonds ousters—-the polling was almost over by the time the Washington Post editorial endorsed Bennett-Fleming, a boost that could help make him Bonds’ leading challenger.
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